Month: July 2010

Shallow Heroism

By Awaam Whenever some big event or some tragedy happens it exposes the national character of a nation. So has the Wednesday tragic plane crash has done. While the common people present around the crash site and the relatives of the victims reached there with an intention to help. The Pakistani government exhibited its usual uncoordinated and haphazard response to the calamity.  The passion of help and sympathy of the ordinary people show their characteristic of volunteerism. But the ill informed and misleading statements by the so called responsible officials on camera also show their shallow heroism.

Afghan War Diary, 2004-2010 From WikiLeaks ……….. A report by Vision 21

WikiLeaks 0n 26th July 2010, released over 75,000 secret US military reports covering the war in Afghanistan. This is an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010, out of which 15000 documents have been held back for the moment. According to Wikileaks release of further 15,000 reports was delayed ‘as part of a harm minimization process demanded by our source’. The reports written by soldiers and intelligence officers mainly describe lethal military actions involving the United States military.  The reports cover most units from the US Army with the exception of most US Special Forces’ activities. Reports also include intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related details but do not generally cover top secret operations or European and other ISAF Forces

Can an Islamic State be Secular?

Amaar Ahmad It can be argued that the minimum definition of a secular state is one that permits all its citizens to freely practice, profess and propagate their religion (or the lack thereof) and it does not enact laws which discriminates in worldly affairs between citizens on the basis of their faith. Can an Islamic state offer a constitution and an environment which meets this description of secularism?

Democracy in peril?

Democracy, certainly, is proclaimed loudly as the panacea of all troubles and tribulations we presently face. While this may be debatable, the democracy demands highest levels of integrity and honesty. The system is endangered more by lack of integrity, compromise on ethics, dishonesty, incompetence and deceit of the dêmos themselves, than any conspiracies. The article by Babar Sattar is an insightful analysis of the dilemma, we as a nation face.  We are posting it from The News for the consideration of our readers. [Awaam] By Babar Sattar The issue of filing fake degrees to qualify as candidates for the national and provincial legislators is now haunting our politicos. Investigating the issue is a conspiracy against democracy, we are told, for at least two reasons: One, the graduation requirement imposed by a dictator as a mandatory criterion to be satisfied by public representatives in fact disenfranchised an overwhelming majority of our population and was a fraud on democracy itself; and two, with the graduation qualification no longer being a legal requirement for standing in electoral contests, …

Sham democracy

Fakir S Ayazuddin Politics in Pakistan has come to a grinding halt with the lukewarm statement emanating from Raiwind that the Lion does not wish to disturb the system, for fear of bringing down the existing setup. It is a setup which allows the PPP to continue its rampage across the country with the help of the corrupt officials it has appointed at every level. We, for our part, have been trapped by the politicians, and nothing short of a radical change can remove them now.

Reformists at work

It is values which provide the moral base and stability to society, and that five values are most fundamental in the Quran. These are: the truth (haq), justice (adl), benevolence (ihsan), compassion (rahmah) and wisdom (hikmah). No Islamic law should violate these fundamental Quranic values, and any laws framed to serve existing social needs must uphold these values. By Asghar Ali Engineer Friday, 02 Jul, 2010 AT a conference held at Oxford University last month it was encouraging to see many reformist Islamic scholars from across the world come together to discuss various issues pertaining to Islamic societies and contemporary challenges. The theme of the conference was ‘Critical thinkers for Islamic reform — the way forward’. The moot began with the Friday prayers, and in keeping with the reformist approach seeking equal rights for Muslim women, the prayers were led by a woman scholar from Canada, Ms Raheel Raza, who delivered the sermon. The media was present in full strength as it was for the first time that a Muslim woman was leading the Friday …